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“Between the Covers,” our Summer Reading theme for adults, is not just restricted to novels for the beach. Write a mini-review on any book that you’d like to recommend, and enter that review form for weekly drawings at your local library.
So I’m pushing nonfiction books that caught my fancy. Here goes…
Flea Market Chic: The Thrifty Way to Create a Stylish Home gives you the best excuse to go tripping into garage sales and church rummage sales. The wonderful color photographs make me drool with real life examples of “town,” “country,” “modern” or “outside” looks brought together with a discerning eye.
The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes offers wonderful cast photographs and quotes, but there’s more. The extensive bibliography buttresses the clearly-written text; the reader emerges with a sociological and historical context for “Family Life” or “Life in Service.” If you haven’t already seen the PBS series, there are two short seasons (find them here and here) available to watch in order.
From Edwardian Society to Bhutan in 2007
Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth is another mid-life crisis book in a crowded genre, but Lisa Napoli gives a very exotic twist. She spends six weeks in the tiny Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, helping to get a youth-oriented radio station Kuzoo FM up and running. This is travel writing, mixed with a very personal memoir, but it’s a great read.
A Little More Cerebral History, Written by an Art Critic
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss traces five generations of a grand European banking family through the netsuke, or tiny wood and ivory Japanese carvings, handed down. (Full disclosure: my husband is the one who highly recommends this book with its poignant history of the Ephrussis, a Jewish family scattered by World War II.)
Another Great List of Nonfiction Reading Recommendations for Summer
Brisbane Library staff's blog post hit sooner than mine with these timely nonfiction suggestions. Find them here.
Books – yes! Karen Y. still does not have music on her phone.